merged communities have received a roadmap for the establishment of inclusive
resource centers on the ground. This includes determined goals, objectives,
projects that need to be implemented to provide children with special needs
with an opportunity to get education at the level of their age mates. This was
emphasized by Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development,
Construction, Housing and Utilities of Ukraine Hennadii
Zubko during the training for the heads of the
consolidated communities (CC) in Zhytomyr.
to children with special needs and equal opportunities for their development
are an integral part of the development of human potential. And
decentralization with its capacities is just the way that enables in full to
guarantee the principles of access to education in Ukraine. Every educational
institution should ensure education for children, regardless of their physical
capabilities and needs, in line with European standards," stressed Hennadii Zubko.
The Vice Prime
Minister accentuated that presently Zhytomyr region
holds a leading position in the implementation of the decentralization reform
and enters top five among the regions in terms of the quantity of amalgamated
He noted that the
introduction of inclusive education is important not only in the context of
making the rooms compliant with particular standards. It concerns the
introduction of new methods, in particular, inclusive and resource rooms in
order to ensure maximum involvement of children with special needs to the
educational process in the framework of the New Educational Space and hub
The Vice Prime
Minister thanked the Poroshenko Foundation and
personally the President’s wife Maryna Poroshenko for initiating legislative changes in inclusive
education and developing methodological recommendations. "It is crucial to
introduce training of specialists who will teach children with special needs.
We also look forward to cooperating with the U-LEAD project that has 24
regional centers in Ukraine," the official said.
As a result of
the training, there were signed agreements on the establishment of 30 inclusive
resource centers (IRCs) with heads of CC and regional state administrations.